Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 12/05/2018
Subject: Red Lady Glades (11:15-14:00).
Aspect: South East, South, South West
BTL/NTL/ATL-no avalanches on slopes skied which were mostly less than 30 degrees.
Unlike two weeks ago, no shooting cracks or whumping on skin track and off skin track at BTL. and NTL.
No shooting cracks or whumping on skin track at ATL.
Weather: obscured skies with variable winds with respect to elevation:
NTL Light to moderate winds with some snow transport onto east slopes
ATL: Intermittent moderate winds with snow transport onto east slopes
Snowpack: BTL-unconsolidated snow up to 12 inches. Rocks are barely covered on some rocky sections. Skier with gear weighs 120lbs.
NTL-4 inch soft slabs forming with 0.5 inches of wind blown snow in skin track.
Hand tests revealed a melt freeze crust 8 inches deep on SE slope. No cracking or propogating cracks with hasty tests.
ATL-1-2 inch hard slabs and skin track is filled in.